First and foremost, our gym clothes should be comfortable, and allow our body to move freely. When we’re going to the gym to lift weights and to sweat, those two factors should be at the top of the list. Similar to our everyday clothing, our success regarding looking good at the gym lies in the simplicity, and understated fashion of what we wear. Let’s face it, the gym is no longer a dungeon devoted solely to grunting, sweaty men. It is now a place to meet new people, make new friends, and possible business contacts as well. Here are a few simple rules to help the decision process next time you’re shopping for new workout wear.
Choose solid colors like black, navy blue, red, grey, earth tones, and white. If you sweat a lot, avoid wearing light gray T-shirts because sweat stains under your arms will be magnified, and possible chase away that attractive person you enjoy speaking to (or hoping to speak to). The same applies to yellow sweat stains on white t-shirts; they are inevitable, but still not attractive.
T-shirts with logos should be saved for pyjamas instead. Wear shirts with discreet logos that the various companies that produce gym wear display. A small logo on the chest or back of your shirt is acceptable, and it let’s everyone know that they gym is a place you belong. If you have body, don’t be afraid to wear tighter shirts or even tank tops. Just follow the same guidelines: keep it simple and make sure it looks clean.
When you’re scheduled to work out your legs and/or do cardio, it’s a good to wear shorts. They allow a greater range of motion, and better air circulation. In order to look good, they should fall a little above the knees if you’re a guy, and fit nicely to highlight your assets regardless of your gender. Keep the colors simple, just as you would your shirts. If you only have one or two pairs of shorts, make sure the color is neutral so that they can easily match most of your shirts and sneakers.
For days when you’re working your upper body, longer pants are an option. They’re comfortable, and designed for intense wear and tear from training. Once again, keep the colors to a minimum and opt for a straight cut. They come in every style and color, so pick a pair that will easily match the rest of your training gear. The simplest colors are black, gray and navy blue, as they blend nicely with most colors, and aren’t likely to get stained or dirty. All manufacturers carry a line of track pants, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a pair. Apart from your sneakers, track pants will probably be the most expensive item so be ready to spend a little more for them.
A whole article could be devoted to choosing the right shoes. Simplicity is once again the goal, as it is wise to minimize the colors and flashiness, and buy shoes that will best serve their function. If you are a runner, opt for running shoes that are specifically designed for running. If you’re a regular gym trainer that does a little cardio as well, then a standard cross trainer will do. I’m personally really liking the new flat shoes with no gel, or air in the heel. I personally don’t like the instability that gel or cushioning creates when Olympic lifting, deadlifting, or squatting.
One final thought I’d like to make before anyone gets on me for doing an article that encourages a decent sense of fashion in the gym – I’d like to point out that if we spend a lot of time and energy trying to look our best, it just makes sense that we should dress in a way that best shows our efforts. Time to get your good looking and well dressed bodies to the gym my friends!